July 11, 2009 – Blessings for Orthopaedic Doctors

The central block in Sai Kulwant Hall was filled with chairs and all the delegates of the second Sri Sathya Sai International Orthopaedic Conference were seated there for Swami's darshan. The Conference being held at SSSIHMS was to conclude the next day and that evening session could be called the highlight of the conference for either with their knowledge or without, this opportunity was what each soul had been pining for. Many of the doctors were coming to Puttaparthi for the first time and just being in the hall was an experience in itself for many of them as people filled in for darshan. Swami arrived for darshan, His sweet and smiling self.

As He moved to the centre, it was a sight to see! The doctors seemed to feel the joy and excitement 'in their bones'! Knee-replacement specialists were down on their knees! Swami raised His hand in blessing towards them and accepted letters from some of them. Completing the darshan rounds, Swami moved into the interview room. The cricket legend, Mr. Sunil Gavaskar, was granted the coveted interview. Bhajans began in the meantime and it was after some twenty minutes or so that Swami arrived. He arrived on the dais and sat for the bhajans.

Within the next bhajan, He indicated for the aalaap bhajan, "Sri Raghavam…" to be sung. The resonant notes of that bhajan soon filled the air. As that was completed, Swami called one of the lead singers and asked him, "Do you know any English bhajans?" The answer was a sheepish "No". Swami asked for the bhajans to continue.

And then, the way Swami was looking at the doctors seated in front of Him, everyone could feel in their hearts that something special was to materialise. Swami, with a swift gesture of His right hand, indicated that He would move down. As He descended, He spoke with the doctors in the first row. All of them began to move down from their chairs and offered themselves at His feet. He slowly moved around the block and also blessed the lady delegates too. Within minutes, discipline had taken the backseat having been pushed there by devotion as people just madly rushed to His feet.

Swami so patiently and lovingly collected letters and interacted with many of them. Those doctors, for whom this was the first visit and darshan, did not seem to know how to respond. Some of them pleaded with the photographers to snap when Swami was near them saying, "We don't know if we will ever get this opportunity." Even the first timers seemed to very well realise the magnitude of the opportunity being bestowed on them. "He is so small, but so...so...powerful", one first timer doctor said later on. Swami moved through the centre aisle and then moved back to the stage.

Now as the bhajans continued, the settings in the block in front had changed. Many of the doctors were 'floored', sitting cross-legged and clapping to the beat of the bhajans having given up their chairs! Swami blessed prasadam to be distributed. He received aarthi and as He was leaving, blessed all the doctors.

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